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Allen was born in 1968. Growing up in the foothills of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, Lund developed an early sensitivity to the incredible bounty and variety in the natural beauty of his home state. Richly textured and exquisitely toned, his paintings have the authority and maturity that come from an extensive lifelong involvement with art.
Allen did not pursue painting seriously until the age of 25. Within a year, he had sold his first painting, and within three years he was painting full time.
Atmospherics are important to Lund, whose favorite seasons are autumn, and winter. His paintings give the spectator distinct sensory impressions beyond the purely visual. Viewers can feel humidity, stillness, movement of air, and ambient temperature, all cued visually but involving each of the senses and registering emotionally as a recollection of serene communion with nature.
Lund insists on first-rate craftsmanship in every step of making a painting. He uses only the finest stretched linen and the highest-quality archival grounds and pigments. He begins each painting session with a fresh palette and a fresh attitude.
Of his penchant to paint Utah scenes, Lund has said, “Utah has the most beautiful and diverse landscape I’ve ever seen. Living here, I’m always thoroughly inspired.”
As of spring 2011 Lund has sold out over 25 shows, his paintings have commanded principal placement in exhibitions, philanthropist campaigns, and private collections around the world.